FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier was treated to a $10,000 shopping spree at the post Exchange Tuesday.
Sgt. Kierra Howard, who is assigned to the 71st Ordnance Group at Fort Carson, had the Exchange to herself as she embarked on the shopping spree following a brief ceremony.
Howard won the prize as part of a sweepstakes in honor of the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s (AAFES) 125th anniversary, according to Fort Carson. She is one of just 100 winners across America to peel off the $10,000 prize.
“I was hungry when it happened. So, I was eating, peeled it, and I saw the ‘You won!’ thing and I just kind of threw it to the side because I thought you had to enter another raffle,” Howard explained. “So, I didn’t really look at it and I finished working and I went back and I read it and was like ‘ I might’ve actually won this’ and I looked at it and I put it in and then when it started asking me to enter my information that’s when I was like ‘I think I really won’. I was excited. I felt really lucky.”
Part of the winnings Howard put towards items to be donated to those in need.
“You think to get stuff for yourself but you don’t think to get for other people,” Howard said. “Like lotion, feminine products, and like, toothbrushes and deodorant, like hygiene stuff. So, that’s what I want to do first before I get stuff for me. When someone gives you a gift it’s just better to pay it forward.”
The Exchange is the largest military government retailer on Army and Air Force installations worldwide. Participating Subway exchange locations took part in the Anniversary celebration featuring a peel-and-win game on Subway cups.
Since 1895, AAFES has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings have provided $2.3 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare, and recreation programs over the last 10 years.